Yitzhak Buxbaum's book is a comprehensive study of the quotations and comments found in rabbinic literature about Hillel, who is probably the best known of the ancient sages. In an era of growing religious extremism, Hillel's liberalism in interpreting the halacha could perhaps serve as a beacon to modern-day rabbis to follow in his pious and liberal footsteps... Journal Of The Royal Musical Association Hillel, the oft-quoted sage who lived sometime between the second quarter of the last century B.C.E. and 10 C.E., is captured from all perspectives through his teachings. Some biographical details emerge, but the emphasis is on his gentle personality which suffused his teachings. It is this aspect which the author finds to be so attractive to contemporary Jews. Sample chapter titles are: Charity and Peace; Hillel and Herod; The Humble Man; Hillel's Teaching Style. The book ably demonstrates why Hillel's teachings were so influential and are still so popular. Jewish Book World The extraordinary nature of Hillel comes to life in the pages of this book. A long needed spiritual biography of one of the greatest talmudic teachers and religious figures is presented to us in a clear and inspiring fashion. -- Rabbi Michael Strassfeld, author of The Jewish Holidays and co-editor of The Jewish Catalogs The Life and Teachings of Hillel is a treasure of information relating to all aspects of Jewish life. It is well researched and very well documented. The book brings to life an entire historical period with its giant leaders. It is amazing how much of Hillel's teachings are still applicable in modern times. Any adult Jewish book collection will benefit from the addition of this volume. It is a joy to read! Journal Of Nietzsche Studies Yitzhak Buxbaum's book is a comprehensive study of the quotations and comments found in rabbinic literature about Hillel, who is probably the best known of the ancient sages. In an era of growing religious extremism, Hillel's liberalism in interpreting the halacha could perhaps serve as a beacon to modern-day rabbis to follow in his pious and liberal footsteps. Journal Of The Royal Musical Association
From the Author
The only comprehensive book about Hillel.
Everybody knows the same few teachings of Hillel and the same few stories about him. Years ago I came across an amazing Hillel story I'd never known about and was astonished. I eventually realized that much about Hillel was "lost" because of neglect and inattention. I was also surprised to find out that there was no comprehensive book in Hebrew or English about the greatest ancient rabbi! I wrote this book to fix that lack. You will find in it many teachings of Hillel and stories about him that you don't know. And it turns out that Hillel is much more interesting than most people would have thought. He is not so totally middle-of-the-road; he has a fiery, hasidic side most people don't know about. He is also on the side of love in a way that appeals to our generation. The book uses Hillel to show the difference between the two ways in Judaism: between the path of love of God and of fear of God, of Hillel and Shammai. Being clear about the difference between these two approaches makes much else clear.